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Prof. Dr. Birgit Kleinschmit

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Phone: +49 (0)30 / 314 - 72 84 7

Email: birgit.kleinschmit(at)tu-berlin.de [2]

Room: EB 235a
Consultation hour: by arrangement

Personal Data
Date and place of birth: 1973 (Münster, Westphalia, Germany)
Employment and academic vita
Announced as University Professor and Head of the Department of Geoinformation in Environmental Planning at the Institute of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning of the Berlin University of Technology
Assistant Professor (“Juniorprofessorin”) at the Department of Geoinformation Processing for Landscape and Environmental Planning of the Berlin University of Technology
Consultant and software developer, INTEND Geoinformatik GmbH, Kassel, Germany
Scientific staff member ("Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin"), Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Department of Forest Assessment & Remote Sensing, Forest Growth, Forest Planning
Diploma study of forest science at the University of Göttingen
Doctorate (doctor forest), Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Grade: magna cum laude
Diploma, Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Grade: 1,9 (on a scale from 1 to 6, where 1 is highest)

Research Topics

    • Studying land use dynamics on different scales to understand natural and human environmental systems using geospatial information technologies (GIS & Remote Sensing)
    • Modelling environmental changes and assessing the impacts on humans and ecosystems
    • Knowledge-based combination of geoinformation and remote sensing data
    • Evaluating of new sensor technologies

      Important Functions, Awards, Honors

      • Since 2019     
        Member of Scientific Advisory Board on Forest Policy at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

      • Since 2019      
        Research Transfer advisory board Member, TU Berlin

      • Since 2018
        Deputy Director, Institute of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, TU Berlin

      • Since 2015      
        Co-speaker of the DFG research training group Urban water interfaces

      • Since 2016      
        Admissions and Steering Committee member of the Berlin International Graduate School in Model and Simulation based Research (BIMoS), TU Berlin

      • 2012-2018        
        Leader of the Special Interest Group „Analysis of remote sensing data” of the German Association for Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Geoinformation

      • Since 2018      
        Member of the Commission for the Allocation of Doctoral Grants of Elsa Neumann Scholarships

      • Since 2010      
        Steering Committee member of Geo.X – Research Network for Geosciences in Berlin and Potsdam


      • Articles
      • Other Publications


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      Neumann, C., Förster, M., Kleinschmit, B. and Itzerott, S. (2016). Utilizing a PLSR-Based Band-Selection Procedure for Spectral Feature Characterization of Floristic Gradients [13]. EEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 1-15.

      Heuner, M., Weber, A., Schröder, U., Kleinschmit, B. and Schröder, B. (2016). Facilitating political decisions using species distribution models to assess restoration measures in heavily modified estuaries. [14]. Marine pollution bulletin, 250-260.

      Graf-Rosenfellner, M., Cierjacks, A., Kleinschmit, B. and Lang, F. (2016). Soil formation and its implications for stabilization of soil organic matter in the riparian zone [15]. Catena, 9-18.

      Neumann, C., Itzerott, S., Weiss, G., Kleinschmit, B. and Schmidtlein, S. (2016). Mapping multiple plant species abundance patterns - A multiobjective optimization procedure for combining reflectance spectroscopy and species ordination [16]. Ecological Informatics, 61–76.


      Clasen, A., Somers, B., Pipkins, K., Tits, L., Segl, K., Brell, M., Kleinschmit, B., Spengler, D., Lausch, A. and Förster, M. (2015). Spectral Unmixing of Forest Crown Components at Close Range, Airborne and Simulated Sentinel-2 and EnMAP Spectral Imaging Scale [17]. remote sensing, 26.

      Baur, A. H., Lauf, S., Förster, M. and Kleinschmit, B. (2015). Estimating greenhouse gas emissions of European cities — Modeling emissions with only one spatial and one socioeconomic variable [18]. Science of the Total Environment. Elsevier B.V., 49-58.

      Golovko, D., Roessner, S., Behling, R., Wetzel, H.-U. and Kleinschmit, B. (2015). Development of Multi-Temporal Landslide Inventory Information System for Southern Kyrgyzstan Using GIS and Satellite Remote Sensing [19]. Photogrammetrie - Fernerkundung - Geoinformation. E. Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 157 - 172.

      Rocchini, D., Andreo, V., Förster, M., Gutierrez, A., Gillespie, W., Hauffe, H., He, K., Kleinschmit, B., Mairota, P., Marcantonio, M., Metz, M., Nagendra, H., Pareeth, S., Ponti, L., Ricotta, C., Rizzoli, A., Schaab, G., Zebisch, M., Zorer, R. and Neteler, M. (2015). Potential of remote sensing to predict species invasions: A modelling perspective [20]. Progress in Physical Geography, 283-309.

      Nieland, S., Moran, N., Kleinschmit, B. and Förster, M. (2015). An ontological system for interoperable spatial generalisation in biodiversity monitoring [21]. Computers & Geosciences, 86-95.

      Ayazli, I., Kilic, F., Lauf, S., Demir, H. and Kleinschmit, B. (2015). Simulating urban growth driven by transportation networks: A case study of the Istanbul third bridge [22]. Land Use Policy, 332-340.

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      Other Publications

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      Neumann, C., Itzerott, S., Weiss, G., Kleinschmit, B. and Schmidtlein, S. (2016). Mapping multiple plant species abundance patterns - A multiobjective optimization procedure for combining reflectance spectroscopy and species ordination [49]. Ecological Informatics, 61–76.


      Koch, R., Günther, M. and Kleinschmit, B. (2015). Spatial patterns of floristic richness and threatened plant species of Caatinga biome (Brazil) under climate change conditions [50]. , 246.


      Koch, R., Günther, M. and Kleinschmit, B. (2014). Habitatmodellierung von Pflanzenarten der Caatinga (Brasilien)unter zukünftigen Klima- und Landnutzungsänderungen [51].

      Koch, R. and Kleinschmit, B. (2014). Modeling Caatinga plant species in a semi‐arid area of northeast Brazil with MaxEnt [52].

      Behling, R., Roessner, S., Segl, K., Kleinschmit, B. and Kaufmann, H. (2014). Robust Automated Image Co-Registration of Optical Multi-Sensor Time Series Data: Database Generation for Multi-Temporal Landslide Detection [53]. Remote Sensing, 2572-2600.

      Förster, M., Schmidt, T. and Kleinschmit, B. (2014). Monitoring of potential climate-induced impacts on woodland habitats with earth observation methods [54]. Proceedings of the European Conference „Climate Change and Nature Conservation in Europe – an ecological, policy and economic perspective“, 117-118.

      Förster, M., Bruzual-Alfonzo, H., Clasen, A. and Kleinschmit, B. (2014). The utilization of GEOBIA for a hyperspectral mixture analysis of tree crown components [55]. South-Eastern European Journal of Earth Observation and Geomatics, 363-367.


      Nieland, S., Förster, M. and Kleinschmit, B. (2013). Towards Semantic Interoperability in Biodiversity Monitoring [56]. GI_Forum 2013 - Creating the GI Society - Conference Proceedings. Wichmann, 524-527.

      Tillack, A., Clasen, A., Förster, M. and Kleinschmit, B. (2013). Estimation of Seasonal Leaf Area Index in an Alluvial Forest Using RapidEye-Based Vegetation Indices [57]. From the Basics to the Service - 5th RESA Workshop. Gito, 299-304.

      Bahls, A., Bauer, E.-M., Bildstein, T., Carus, J., Faude, U., Fuchs, E., Heuner, M., Jensen, K., Kinkeldey, C. and Kleinschmit, B. (2013). Die Vegetation an Tideelbe und Tideweser im Klimawandel [58].

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